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More Than 20,000 Runners Participate In Festival

"Runners ready ... Start!" echoed through the streets of Baltimore Oct. 10 as the ninth annual Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival kicked off with a marathon, half-marathon, 5K race and team relay. 

More than 20,000 people, including five Olympians, from all 50 states and 44 countries piled onto Baltimore's city streets. Even a team of American soldiers, led by Capt. Timothy Kirby, ran a 13-mile "shadow race" through the heat and hills of northern Iraq at the same time as the Running Festival back home.

Here's a quick look at the top finishers:


Alphonce Yatich - 2:14:04
Isaac Macharia - 2:15:53
Elijah Nyabuti - 2:17:12

Iuliia Arkipova - 2:32:09
Tatiana Pushkareva - 2:35:45
Natalia Sokolova - 2:37:50


John Crews - 1:07:24
Joel Mwaura - 1:08:05 (Waldorf)
Grigoriy Andreev - 1:08:37

Kayoko Obata - 1:15:17
Mary Gill - 1:20:41
Christine Ramsey - 1:21:37 (Baltimore)


Bado Merdessa - 14:51
Abiyot Endale - 14:56 (Washington, D.C.)
Karl Dusen - 15:33 (N. Bethesda)

Susan Hendrick - 17:57 (Washington, D.C.)
Sherry Stick - 18:08 (Eldersburg)
Shelley Cameron - 20:17


On a sad note, a 23-year-old man collapsed less than two miles from the finish and later died at Union Memorial Hospital. It was the second death in the event's nine-year history.

--Krystina Lucido

Issue 142: October 2009